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Grade 9-12

Webinar – Voters and Elections

Updated: September 26 2016,
Open Video

Voter turnout in the United States influences the outcomes of elections. Politicians spend a great deal of time and energy trying to get their supporters to the polls. But why should this be a problem? Why don’t all eligible voters vote?

Economists who have studied this question believe that the answer has to do with the benefits and costs of voting. One sort of cost—opportunity cost—is especially helpful in explaining why some people choose not to vote.

During this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify costs associated with voting
  • Make predictions about who might be more likely to vote based on their understanding of opportunity costs

Link to Voters and Elections lesson: